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The International Field Emission Society (IFES) is an international scientific society that aims to promote high field nanoscience and atom probe microscopy.

The IFES is governed by its own charter that provides for an International Steering Committee (ISC) elected by the members. The Society's main duty is to run the International Field Emission Symposium that has recently been renamed Atom Probe Tomography & Microscopy (APT&M). 

This Symposium has been in existence since 1952 and currently meets every two years. APT&M 2018 will be held from June 10 to June 15, 2018 in the United States at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. It was at the 14th Field Emission Symposium, held at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in 1967, that Erwin W. Müller and John A. Panitz first introduced the atom probe field ion microscope.

IFES Steering Committee


David Larson








Cameca, Inc, Madison,


François Vurpillot





Groupe de Physique des Matériaux CNRS - UMR 6634

University of Rouen, Saint-Etienne du Rouvray, France

Gregory Thompson



The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

Michael Moody



Department of Materials,

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

July Cairney



Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis

The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Mattias Thuvander




Chalmers University of Technology,

Gotenburg, Sweden

Stephan Gerstl



EMEZ, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

Gang Sha

APT&M 2016


Institute of Nuclear Physics and Chemistry, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mian Yang, China

Ross Marceau

APT&M 2016


Deakin University, Institute for Frontier Materials, Geelong, Australia

Baptiste Gault

APT&M 2016


MPIE, Düsseldorf, Germany


Program and Planning Committee

  • Fred Meisenkothen, Chair, ex officio member IFES Steering Committee, NIST
  • Eric Steel, Co-Chair, NIST
  • Keana Scott, NIST
  • Scott Wight, NIST
  • Gladys Arrisueno, NIST
  • Ann Chiaramonti Debay, NIST
  • Keith Knipling, NRL
  • Karen Henry, BMPC
Created July 26, 2017, Updated February 16, 2018